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Thursday, May 24, 2012
The hostess with the moatest…or how the Yankees messed a pearl.
Which reminds of something else that’s disappointing ... The New York Yankees are supposed to epitomize class. But with the arguable exception of Derek Jeter’s appearances still announced by the (now) disembodied voice of Bob Sheppard, there is almost nothing classy about Yankee Stadium. The Yankees could have afforded to eschew advertisements on the outfield walls, but they didn’t. They could have jettisoned “YMCA”, but they didn’t. They could have built something in the grand tradition of the Empire State Building or the Chrysler Building or the Brooklyn Bridge or any of a dozen other New York City landmarks, but they didn’t. Yankee Stadium’s like a school in summer.
The big blue letters say Yankee Stadium, but otherwise you could be almost anywhere. There’s something special about Yankee Stadium because the New York Yankees do play there and, as the franchise wins more championships, this new building will naturally accrue atmosphere and mystique, weighty with emotion and history.
Now, though? The New York Yankees and the local citizenry spent more than a billion dollars on a wasted opportunity.